Arkansas Politics

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5:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Ross & Hutchinson Seek Support Of Arkansas African-American Communities

With less than a week before Election Day gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) both campaigned in Little Rock Wednesday and stressed the importance of Arkansas’s African-American vote.

Ross contended his support for expanded pre-K and a higher minimum wage as well as his opposition to the recently struck down Voter ID law would benefit the black community. At his campaign headquarters Ross also received the support of the entire Legislative Black Caucus.

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5:21 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Lt. Gov. Candidates Promote Job Creating Skills, Office Efficiency In Debate

Credit The Arkansas Educational Television Network

The three candidates for Arkansas's next lieutenant Governor debated the role's influence on state economic policies Thursday, while also asserting views on how the office should be managed.

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Local & Regional News
11:09 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

4th District Congressional Candidates Differ Over Role of Government

Candidates for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Senate challenger Tom Cotton presented starkly different governing philosophies at a debate Tuesday hosted by AETN. The rural 4th district contains much of south and west Arkansas and stretches far into the northwest part of the state.

In closing remarks, Republican State Representative Bruce Westerman identified removing unwanted federal laws as a fundamental theme at the center of his beliefs.

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Local & Regional News
9:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Legislators Fume Over Parole Board After Recent Murder

Parole Board Commissioner Abraham Carpenter
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Intense media coverage of the murder of real estate agent Beverly Carter last week is causing a stir in the state legislature. A meeting Monday between lawmakers and parole officials turned contentious.

It didn’t take long for the tone and atmosphere in the Judiciary committee to turn hostile, as legislators let their frustrations known to Parole Board members. Representative Sue Scott of Rogers told Parole Board member Abraham Carpenter to get ready for an emotionally-tinged string of remarks.

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Local & Regional News
8:22 am
Wed October 1, 2014

AG Candidate Rutledge Says Cancelling Her Voter Registration Is "Desperate"

Leslie Rutledge
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane has canceled the voter registration of Leslie Rutledge, Republican candidate for Attorney General.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the clerk determined Tuesday that Rutledge is not a registered voter in the state. Rutledge, a one-time aide to the former Governor Mike Huckabee, is a voter in Washington, D.C., and possibly in Virginia. 

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1:08 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

2nd Debate Set Up In Heated Arkansas Senate race

Sen. Mark Pryor and Congressman Tom Cotton

Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton has agreed to an Oct. 13 public television debate with Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and two other candidates, setting up the second televised face-off in the heated Arkansas race.

Cotton's campaign on Tuesday said he agreed to the Arkansas Educational Television Network's proposed debate featuring Pryor, Libertarian nominee Nathan LaFrance and Green Party nominee Mark Swaney.

The debate will be recorded in Conway and air that night on AETN and KUAR-FM 89.1.

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11:21 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Jeb Bush Campaigns For Arkansas GOP Hopeful Asa Hutchinson

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is praising fellow Republican Asa Hutchinson's proposal to expand computer science classes in Arkansas schools as the potential 2016 White House hopeful campaigned for Hutchinson's gubernatorial bid.

Hutchinson and Bush toured a Sherwood charter school Tuesday and saw demonstrations of students' science projects. Bush also planned to headline a fundraiser for Hutchinson, who's running against Democratic nominee and fellow ex-congressman Mike Ross.

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7:18 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Former President Clinton To Headline Rallies For Arkansas Democrats

File photo of former President BIll Clinton speaking in Little Rock in May 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton is returning to Arkansas next week to help Democrats in his home state as they try to fend off a Republican takeover of the state's top offices in the November election.

State Democrats on Monday announced that Clinton would headline four rallies around the state next week. The 42nd president and former Arkansas governor planned headline rallies in Conway and Jonesboro on Oct. 6 and in Fayetteville and Rogers on Oct. 7.

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5:09 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Cotton Advocates For Coal, Natural Gas, Nuclear Energy

During a forum on energy policy hosted by RealClearPolitcs at the Clinton Presidential Center Thursday, U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton addressed a recent Environmental Protection Agency rule that calls for the nation to reduce its power plant carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. 

Cotton said the rule would severely limit the production of coal power plants in Arkansas, which gets about half of its energy from coal.

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Local & Regional News
9:08 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Election Commission: Maggio Wants Filing Fee Back, Push For Accountability

State Board of Elections Commissioner Stu Soffer
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The State Board of Election Commissioners Wednesday followed up on lingering election complaints and whether or not to reimburse former Circuit Judge Mike Maggio for his campaign filing.

Earlier this month the Judicial Discipline and Disability Committee gave Maggio a lifetime ban from serving on the bench. Maggio admitted to posting inappropriate comments online, removing evidence, and leaking confidential adoption information among other violations. Election Commissioner Stu Soffer said Maggio didn’t provide an explanation for why he feels he should be reimbursed.

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